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I Drum Roll for Losers With that stunning end to the latest GOP alternative to Obamacare, I laughed as I read a retort from Speaker Paul Ryan who stated, "We were a ten-year opposition party where being against things was easy to do. Doing big things is hard." Boy, Ryan must be a brain surgeon, huh? Yes, He Kane? Glenn Jacobs, better known as WWE bad guy Kane, is stepping out of the wrestler's ring and into the political ring. He has filed paperwork to run for Knox County Mayor in Tennessee. He isn't the first pro wrestler to run for politics in Tennessee. Remember Jerry "The King" Lawler known for his feud with Andy Kaufman from "Taxi" TV fame? (Continued on Page 14) REMEMBERING THE On April 2, 1917, President Woo~ow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, ~ng, "The world must be made safe for democracy." Four days later, on April 6th, Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of a war declaration. The Friends of the t~b]Jc Gar- den a~nd Boston ~ommon have been:faithful stewards of these beautiful public green spaces for many years. The city owes them an enormous debt of gratitude for their dedication. However, that dedication has blinded them to the much larger picture of the myriad-4 enefits flowing from the Winti }op Square de- velopment. This project, on city-owned land, is a once-in-a generation opportunity for Boston, with an unprecedented $150 million offered by M~ennium Partners to build a 750-foot tower on the site of a condemned garage. The project will fill the city's coffers with funds to be invested in the protection of parks all over Bos- ton, including Boston Common, but more importantly, it will support construction of new af- fordable housing and reno,eation of existing affordable housing in Chinatown, East Boston, and South Boston. It will provide thousands of jobs and over $12 million annually in property taxes to the city. It will also cast a minimal morning shadow on the Public Garden and Boston Common, which currently is not aUowed by law. There will be no impact whatsoever on the growing season of the flowers, trees, or shrubs that grace these beauti- ful parks. However, because of these limited shadows and a little known, 26-year-old shadow law, the Friends of the Public Garden are fighting to stop uare Pro'ect this development project and i-efuse, on behalf of the ofher Bostonians, the benefits that go with it. While I appreciate the dedica- tion of the people who protect these parks, we would respect- fully ask them to reconsider their opposition and remind them that the parks are here, in the heart of our city, for the benefit of all the people of Bos- ton, whether they have had op- portunity to enjoy them or not. Boston Common is the oldest public park in the nation, and it is called the Common, because it is here for the common good, for every person who resides in Bos- ton or visits from far and wide. Like many times before, on a Saturday this past Janu- ary, over 175,000 people came together on the Common and throughout the Garden, in sup- port of women's rights and in opposition to President Donald Trump's initiatives. The grass was surely trampled, the ground beaten down, as thousands and thousands marched in solidar- ity. This is exactly the role of these spaces in our civic life and the city embraces it. Why? Because the public good of this historic gathering so far outweighed any limitedimposi- fi9n on the land. Because the purpose of these spaces is for the people to gather, to celebrate, to protest, to play, to'live, in har- mony with this city, as a united community. This is their home, our home. Since 1634 and 1837, these public spaces have witnessed the fives of millions of people; they have sheltered and eased the weary and have provided a haven and times of inspiration. The Winthrop Square devel- opment, at no cost to the life of these green spaces, offers a widespread and historic well of opportunity. Affordable hous- ing, jobs, playgrounds, and safe spaces for our children are immediate and important is- sues that the Winthrop Square project will directly address throughout the city. The citi- zens of Boston are in need of an affordable place to live and for meaningful and sustainable long term employment. This project is not just a one-time opportunity generator (as remarkable as a $150 million payment to the city is) but will continue to work for the city as long as it exists. The Winthrop Square project shines a light on a unique and widespread public good that will vastly outweigh morning shadow. To stand in the way of this unprecedented opportunity, based on nothing more than a few minutes of incremental shadow early in the morning that are already allowed by other developments would be a tragic mistake. If the Public Garden and Boston Common could talk, we have no doubt they would say the same. Deb Blair President Link "Downton Boston Resident THE POST-GAZETtE SATELLITE OFFICE HAS MOVED TO 343 CHELSEA ST., DAY SQUARE, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Thursdays from I1:00 AM to 2:00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information